A very open environment, encouraging.

I love the variety of ages.


Spring workshops are fully enrolled. Summer workshop listings coming in April!

Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, February 23-April 13, 1:30-5:30, JHU-MICA Film Centre, 10 E. North Avenue (map)
Saturday, April 20, 1:30-5:30, must be reserved by fellows as a snow date

In this journalism workshop, student fellows will explore the possibilities of print, photo-, and video journalism to tell the stories of their city.  Social networking platforms like Instagram and Twitter have overtaken traditional media in the coverage of breaking news, and video news packages have become the norm online.  In line with this trend, fellows will create “Dateline Baltimore,” a virtual visual news journal that captures the pulse of Baltimore.  Fellows will learn the news coverage process from identifying news and feature stories, to research and interviews, to the fundamentals of photo reportage, video production, and editing to inform with purpose.  Working together and with the instructor as an editorial team, they'll decide which stories to pursue and how to shape them for maximum impact, all while adhering 100% to facts in their reporting. Visiting instructors will provide hands-on instruction in lighting, video and audio recording, and editing techniques, as well as insight into journalistic ethics. Captioned work will appear weekly on dedicated Instagram and Twitter feeds, with longer form stories and portfolios appearing over time on the program website. Selected pieces will be shared at a public exhibition and in a limited print edition. Limited to 12 student fellows.

Zoraida  Díaz, a Colombian-born photojournalist, covered some of the most impactful Latin American stories of the 80s and 90s for Reuters.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Libération, O Globo, The  Guardian, Dagens Nyheter, Clarín, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore.

Ceci Freed is a Film and Media Studies and Spanish double major at Johns Hopkins.  She is interested in pursuing a career in the television and film industry. 

Jessica Pettiford is a graduate of the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University. She hopes to improve her own skills in animation while working with others and helping them learn something new.

Annette Porter is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder, with Helen Morell, of Nylon Films, UK.  Comfortable with her camera in a corporate boardroom or on a high altitude trail in Chile, she produces, directs, and shoots both stills and moving images.

Colette Veasey-Cullors is Chair of the Photography Program at MICA. Her work, which investigates race, class, education, and identity, has been widely exhibited.  Her collaborative interest is in social and creative engagement with individuals and communities, particularly those that are underserved and underrepresented.

Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, March 2-April 13, 9-1, Brody Learning Commons 4040, Johns Hopkins Homewood (map)
Saturday, April 20, 9-1, must be reserved by fellows as a snow date

In this workshop, student fellows will consider how photographers can physically place themselves and their equipment to capture exactly the images they imagine--and perhaps some images that surprise them.  There are a range of techniques to solve the challenge of positioning: sports photographers use long lenses to get close-ups of athletes from the sidelines; studio photographers use complex mounts and supports; street photographers simply move nearer--sometimes too near--their subjects.  In the past fifteen years, technology has offered, in the drone, more possibilities than ever.  Working collaboratively and independently, fellows will experiment with both handheld and drone-mounted cameras, and will use drones to position not only cameras but lights.  They’ll consider proximity and perspective, and make both representational and abstract images, learning to locate what’s new in the familiar.  Taking a bird’s-eye view of the neighborhoods they see every day, they’ll transform their art and their way of seeing the world.  Each fellow will create a portfolio and write an accompanying artist’s statement.  Their work will be shared on the program website and at a public exhibition.  Limited to 10 student fellows. 

Somer Greer is a poet and photographer who, since moving from Florida, is happy to call Baltimore home. He teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University, and pursues photography all over the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. He is thrilled to help make Baltimore stronger through art.

Daniela Zapata is a neuroscience and French major at Johns Hopkins University.  She is a photographer, working with The News-Letter and with Visual Resources Collections.  She also works independently on shoots for student groups and campus organizations.

Olugbenga Osikomaiya, a Morgan State University graduate, is a freelance cinematographer and photographer who focuses on creating compelling images that also tell a story.  

Jessica Pettiford is a graduate of the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University. She hopes to improve her own skills in animation while working with others and helping them learn something new.

Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, March 2-April 13, 9-1, Harambee Center, 1622 N. Carey Street (map) and on location
Saturday, April 20, 9-1, must be reserved by fellows as a snow date

In this production workshop student fellows will create a documentary web series focusing on Baltimore’s West Side; the streets, the music, the businesses, and the personalities of their neighborhood.  They’ll work together with instructors to identify and pursue the stories they find most meaningful, and continue to collaborate as professional crew to shoot and edit four short episodes.  They’ll create original theme music, design opening and end titles, and promote the series through social media.  They'll learn interview techniques and the basics of digital video production, both practical—camera operation, audio recording, editing on Adobe Premiere—and aesthetic—visual and sound composition, narrative design.  The series will be shared on Facebook, YouTube, on the BYFA program website, as well as at a public screening.  Limited to 10 student fellows.

West Side: The Series is a co-production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts and the Harambee Center.

Jim Mahjoubian, Video Production Coordinator for the Baltimore City Public Schools, believes any young person with an interest in film should be given an opportunity to explore and find their voice. In fifteen years of production and education he's helped many former students move into the industry with passion and integrity.

Darian Jones is currently working towards his associate's degree in Digital Media Production at the Community College of Baltimore County.  He is interested in documenting unique and authentic stories, and he hopes to give back by teaching others. 

Essence Smith is Executive Director at the Harambee Center.  She has a passion for empowering today’s youth through education and leadership development.  Essence believes you should be the change you want to see.

Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, February 23-April 6, 10-2, Baltimore City Community College, 710 E. Lombard Street, BCED 67 (map)
Saturday, April 13, 10-2, must be reserved by fellows as a snow date

This personal filmmaking workshop will explore the roles objects play in our lives and in our storytelling.  Concrete items can make tangible the abstract: they might embody a memory, reflect identity, or represent a relationship.  A toy, a piece of jewelry or clothing, a drawing made in childhood; something inherited, given, or found might carry a range of meanings, and a value beyond itself.  Fellows will begin with an object and draw from it a story about themselves or about someone close to them, or perhaps the story of the object itself, whether real or imagined.  They might pursue the history of an object through interviews with people to whom it also has meaning, and/or they might enrich their visual narratives with additional materials, such as photographs, letters, or even additional objects.  Working with video footage and audio created during the workshop, as well as cellphone footage shot between meetings, they’ll assemble individual short films.  They’ll learn the basics of videography, including shot composition, audio recording, and editing; and they’ll refine critical thinking and storytelling skills.  Each fellow will create a short (2-3 minutes) film to be shared at a public screening and on the program website.  Limited to 8 student fellows.

Objects of Affection is a co-production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts and Root Branch Productions.

Vonnya Pettigrew is CEO of Root Branch Productions & Film Academy.  A writer and filmmaker, she has produced content for a wide range of clients, including the Discovery Channel, Disney, and Starz.

Erica White, a Baltimore native, has been working with young people for twenty years, helping them turn their energies toward something positive, and supporting them in using their voices in meaningful ways.

Jimmy Powell, Jr., an alumnus of the Maryland Institute College of Art, is a freelance videographer and editor.  His clients include the NAACP, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and the University of Maryland Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, February 9-March 23, 10-2, Morgan State University, Holmes Hall (map), and on location at the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum, 1320 Eutaw Street (map)
Saturday, March 30, 10-2, must be reserved by fellows as a snow date

In this experimental documentary workshop, student fellows will explore Baltimore’s Civil Rights history, while learning animation techniques and refining their storytelling skills.  They’ll work with visual and print archives, and interview both historians and the activists who drove the movement.  Inspired by animated documentaries like Chicago 10 (link) and Waltz with Bashir (link), they’ll apply a range of techniques to reimagine and revivify the stories they uncover, even as they respect the integrity of the historical record.  They’ll be introduced to ToonBoom, Cinema 4D, and the Adobe Creative Suite, including After Effects and Premiere.  They’ll experiment with composite animation, rotoscoping for stop motion and frame animation, and digital illustration.  With the instructors, they’ll engage in the ethical considerations that must be addressed when recreating nonfiction transcriptions.  They’ll create several, short, collaborative animations, and their work will be shared on the BYFA website and at a public screening.  The workshop will include a location production day at the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum.  Limited to 10 student fellows.

Nonfiction Animation: Recalling Baltimore’s Civil Rights Movement is a co-production with Morgan State University.

Keith Mehlinger is Director of the Digital Media Center and Coordinator of the Screenwriting and Animation program (SWAN) at Morgan State University.  A producer/writer/director, he produced episodes of the syndicated series, Story of a People, and recently completed a short documentary about parents of sons lost to street violence for the Morgan multimedia project, Mother's Lament.

Dale Beran is a writer and artist living in Baltimore, MD. His latest book, It Came from Something Awful, is forthcoming from St. Martin's Press in August 2019. He teaches writing and animation at Morgan State University. 

Kyle Yearwood is an assistant in Morgan State University’s Screenwriting and Animation program, with proficiency in cinematography, editing, photography, special effects, and animation.  He has worked as a videographer for the Baltimore MTA, interned for HBO’s Show Me a Hero, and currently freelances in visual production.

Alfonzer Harvin is a graduate of the Screenwriting and Animation program (SWAN) at Morgan State University. He has created animations for Comcast and for the Baltimore Parking Authority, and is skilled in all phases of production.  He believes knowledge is all we need to change the world.